Price Bureau – the awesome price negotiator8 years ago Arpita Soma
“I want a car that will last 10 years or longer because I totally hate the process of researching, shopping for a new car, and then haggling for the price. I wish I could just snap my fingers and my car is there.”
Have you ever felt like that before? While buying a TV, bike or maybe that stunning italian marble for your new house?
I feel the world is divided into two kinds of people ; hagglers and non-hagglers. The first set can neatly talk through with people, negotiate and get better prices while the less ‘fortunate’ people like me who fall under the second category silently shell out whatever price is quoted. But, the good news for those people like me is that we can now get support from startups like Price Bureau and shop without the worry of being overcharged.
It has been just 6 weeks since Price Bureau’s launch and they have already served 130+ requests from 90+ unique customers and 18 cities across India.
“Negotiations ruined my shopping experience”, says Jaikishan Jalan, founder of Price Bureau when he and his wife went to a retail outlet to buy a washing machine. He felt both victorious and cheated even after managing to get Rs.2000 off on his purchase. In another incident he had requested quote from two electricians and was shocked to see that their quotes differed by Rs.7000 and he was still not sure on whom to go with.
Though there are several websites that allow you to compare prices for electronic devices , it is often a very tedious process as you will still have to spend anywhere from an hour to a day or more to research, compare sellers and prices and to arrive at a conclusion. Prices of products are greatly affected by the distribution channel. Prices vary depending on where you are sourcing your product from, a regional retailer or a franchisee operator or others, and cause fluctuations and result in negotiations.
Whether you are looking to buy a product or a quality service provider at best price, Price Bureau makes the entire process as easy as sending a text message. All you have to do is sms/whatsapp your requirement with area pincode to 9963244834. They will do the research, negotiate with local vendors and other signals to get you the best possible price.
Jaikishan says that they are not a price comparison engine but a price negotiator whose mission is to bring the best price ‘at that time’ to the buyer for any product/service. In the near future, they plan to set up a tech platform where sellers bid and compete for the buyer. They are also partnering with insurance and finance providers to provide value added services such as easy instalment options to their users.
You don’t need another app on your smartphone to use the services of Price Bureau. Everyone can use it. If you have been planning to upgrade to the iPhone 6 , you now know who to text for the best deal in town .